How it's Made: Chanel. The artisans at Paris’s most revered fashion house produce its haute couture collections one stitch at a time. Surface Magazine had the honour to feature an exclusive behind the scenes peek of Chanel's Autumn/Winter 2016 Haute Couture production, through the lens of our photographer Frederik Vercruysse. Surface is an American magazine about contemporary global design.
Pulling back the curtain on Chanel, the grand dame of French fashion, reveals an elemental force working quietly and diligently, away from the the bright spotlights of runways and red carpets. Hundreds of 'petits mains' sew thousands of Swarovski crystals, construct the house’s signature camellia flowers, and assiduously fold pleats. Of course, it’s the handmade component that makes a collection haute couture by definition, but it’s also what ordains Chanel as one of the greats.
Photographer: Frederik Vercruysse
Words: Courtney Kenefick